Credit for Previous Study
MIT will grant credit for some of the courses you passed at your previous college or university. In addition, you may have done college-level study while in high school. Some of that study is also eligible for MIT credit and/or placement, depending on the setting and your achievement as measured by test scores or grades.
Pages in this section give details on how MIT grants credit for:
- Transfer credit for study at another college or university
- AP (College Board Advanced Placement Examinations) scores
- International exam scores (including: A-Levels, Cambridge Pre-U, International Baccalaureate, French Baccalauréat, and Abitur)
- Advanced Standing Exams given at MIT
Since credit for previous study and through ASEs affects your selection of subjects to study at MIT, we expect you to begin seeking credit before you register for your first MIT term. All credit requests must be resolved no later than a month after the term begins. For detailed instructions, see the pages linked above.
Types of Credit Awarded
Credit for previous study is awarded as either the equivalent MIT subject (for example, 18.01 for a score of 5 on the AP Calculus BC exam) or unrestricted elective units, at the discretion of the department granting credit. All transfer credit appears on the MIT transcript with a grade of S and does not count toward term or cumulative grade point averages.
Repeating a Subject
If you receive subject credit for previous study and then register at MIT for any version of that subject, note the following consequences:
- You lose the credit for previous study.
- If the subject meets a General Institute Requirement (GIR) or departmental requirement you must pass the subject at MIT.
- The original credit for previous study can be reinstated only if you drop the matching subject before Add Date (fifth week of the term).
- If you want to keep the credit for previous study and repeat 8.01 or 18.01, see the Physics or Mathematics section of each page linked above for general elective credit granted in these cases.
For More Information
Please note that these pages apply only to transfer students entering MIT during academic year 2015-16. Credit policies are subject to change for each academic year.
Address questions not answered here regarding MIT's policies and procedures on credit for previous study to firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-253-4164.
For information about the use of AP and other exam scores in Admissions decisions, please visit http://www.mitadmissions.org/. UAAP cannot answer questions about qualifications for admission to MIT.